Friday, January 05, 2007

Call her Mary

A Komodo dragon in Chester, England, awaited the birth of her babies after laying 25 eggs. The babies were due to be born around Christmastime. Why is this story so special? Flora, the dragon, did not have any help with the "babies." Yes, Flora laid the fertilized eggs without the help of a male mate. There are reptiles that reproduce asexually (the process is called parthenogenesis) but it's the first time documented in a Komodo dragon. Flora, who resides at the London zoo, is the second dragon this year to reproduce asexually (the other one also resides at the zoo). It's doubtful that any of the baby dragons will be called Jesus.



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